Been In A Car Accident: Here Is How To Prevent Your Next One

March 27, 2019

Rarely do we put enough care into preventing car accidents from happening. It is only after that we regret the accident entirely, think of ways the crash could have been avoided, and how we could have been more prepared to deal with it even if it was not our fault.

No matter the accident, car crashes are almost always preventable. Safety should be your number one concern on the road and it is important to know how to spot a potential crash before it happens. We have compiled a list of tips to keep you safe on the road:

Stay Alert

Being on a busy road can be overwhelming, so it is important to be aware of your surroundings at all times. Make sure you know where the other cars on the road are, stay aware of pedestrians and cyclists, and keep your eyes on the road! Knowing where other cars are in proximity to you can help avoid collisions or prevent further collisions if an accident happens near you.

Use Your Mirrors

Your mirrors are there for more than just making sure you look good. Check your rearview and side mirrors frequently to stay aware of your surroundings and notice cars that are in your blind spot. Always make sure to check your mirrors before changing lanes or merging.

Take Safety Precautions Seriously

We know this may seem obvious, but do not take for granted common driving do’s and don’ts. Always wear your seatbelt, do not text and drive, and only stay sober. These very simple rules are very serious lifesavers when it comes to being on the road. You will regret all of these later when it is too late.

Use Your Turn Signals

This one is a big pet peeve of ours! You should use your turn signal to indicate you would like to change lanes or make a turn. You should always utilize your turn signals ahead of a lane change or turn to alert other drivers of your movement.

Make Sure Your Headlights Are On

Headlights are essential when driving at night or in the rain. They improve your visibility while driving. Using your bright headlights on unlit roads can also be very helpful, but make sure you turn them to your regular headlights when other drivers are passing by you.

Keep Your Car Up to Date

Getting your car regularly serviced helps prevent break downs and malfunctions that can be fatal on the road. Keeping up to date on oil changes and service checks will also help your car last longer. You can drive in good faith knowing your car is as safe as possible.

Go at Your Own Pace

Be aware of the speed limit and do not be pressured by speeders on the road. Stay out of the fast lane and drive at a speed you are most comfortable with, within reason of the speed limit. Other cars can adjust their movements to you. Do not sacrifice your safety and comfort, because you feel pressured on the road. If someone’s upset, it is their problem!

What Should You Do if You Get in an Accident?

Despite taking all the precautions, accidents can happen anyways at the fault of others. Accidents can be scary, but it becomes less stressful if you know the proper steps to take in this event. If you or someone you know is in an accident, make sure you do the following:

  • Exchange information with other involved parties
  • Contact your insurance company
  • Get your vehicle out of the flow of traffic if possible
  • Take pictures of any damage on your car and other involved vehicles
  • Get information from witnesses if possible
  • File a police report

After taking these steps, your insurance company will typically help you through the rest of the process, step by step. If you have suffered a personal injury, seek immediate medical attention. You may want to contact a lawyer to make a personal injury claim. They can help you deal with insurance and get compensation for any damage wrongfully.

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Andi Perullo de Ledesma

I am Andi Perullo de Ledesma, a Chinese Medicine Doctor and Travel Photojournalist in Charlotte, NC. I am also wife to Lucas and mother to Joaquín. Follow us as we explore life and the world one beautiful adventure at a time.

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